RAPID CITY, S.D. – Late autumn and the beginning of winter can be a dreary time for homes and lawns, but it doesn’t have to be; you can prevent your home from looking dull and bland with certain outdoor winter decorations. Take advantage of the winter weather and prepare yourself for holiday cheer with some of these outdoor winter decorating ideas.
Dress Up Your Door
Since the front door of your house is the first thing that people notice when they pass by, why not adorn it with a winter decoration or two? Adding wreaths, swags and small displays to your front door are easy ways to add some winter charm to your house.
- Admiring Fall – If you’re not ready to accept the winter weather yet, trim your house with warm colored decorations instead. Wreaths embody the spirit of fall, which is expressed through the vibrant autumn colors and natural looking twig bases.
- Welcoming Winter – If you do want to start celebrating winter, as well as Christmas, a traditional Christmas wreath is one of the easiest ways to bring holiday spirit to your home. Integrate colored artificial plants and various ornaments to your wreath, like tinsel bows or ribbon. Choose colors and styles that will offset your front door.
- Well-placed Accessories – Garlands tied with small red or blue ribbons draped over the frame of your front door gives your entryway a sophisticated look with a festive air. If you want to have a more nostalgic winter display for your front door, prop an old pair of ice skates or a once used sled near the door. Finish it off by garnishing the items with a big red or plaid bow and some pine cones.
Wonderful Winter Windows
Decorating your front windows for winter is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and make your home look idyllic in the cold weather. By adding some greenery, lights and even garland to your windows, your house will look great during the day and shine throughout the night.
- What to do With Window Boxes – your home from fall to winter by layering some wood chips with a variety of poinsettias and berry sprigs in your window boxes. However, if you prefer decorating with live plants, layer freshly cut evergreen branches, pine cones and abandoned bird nests in the boxes.
- Add a Little Sparkle – A window with a little sparkle and light will not go unnoticed during winter. Deck your windows with easy to install snowflake decorations, trim your window frames with garland and sets of white or multi lights or wrap your porch rails with a combination of greenery, garland or lights.
When decorating the outside of your house for winter or Christmas, don’t overdo it with the decorations. Less is more, and too many decorations can make your house look incredibly cluttered and messy.